“All are equal!” one side declares
so hour’s labor should get same share.
It’s the time spent compensated,
outcome based so overrated.
While tail’s up side glibly decrees
that this is false economy!
Entrepreneurs and CFO’s
have greater worth than average Joes.
Eighty million for one year’s work
contrasts sharply Minimum’s worth.
Paid for an hour seven-fifty?
Fifty-three-hundred times more see.
Base-pay based on top earner’s wage
is tiny nod that may assuage
those who in median do fall;
can’t hope to satisfy ’em all.
Labor performed sans hope success
is a most ‘xcruciating test.
‘Tis formula both grief and woe
that leads to heartbreak and sorrow:
For if see not a ray of hope
with life’s struggles can barely cope.
Difference more than perception,
labor, reward need connection.
Nobility to struggle on
when mete of prayer hope meets not dawn,
a castaway, a man alone,
who soldiers on, shoulders grindstone,
subsistence farms as scratches earth
though work’s damn hard knows reward’s worth.
But impoverished who work sans hope
and toils days through till shoulders sloped.
Effort, results, produced by fear,
the fear of loss and life drearer,
is a most base motivation.
View of workers screams of mammon.
Without reward for long hard work
without ‘compense labor may shirk,
cause hands to fly fit of despair
as labor’s fruits just disappear.
What does it mean in modern days
perform a job that barely pays?
Job a machine could do better?
Best beware chains would unfetter.
Eight billion souls who walk the Earth
each in need of both bread and mirth.
While antiquated is world view
know oligarchs own me, you too.